January felt like one big “Transition Tuesday” across all my social media feeds.

…Which I guess makes sense considering January is kind of like a transition month…

I chuckled at the photos, gasped at the changes, but most of all I liked to see everyone’s GLOW UPs! Or perhaps the person in the picture from now just looked more confident and happier than they were in the picture from 10 years prior. A lot of times, that’s what comes with age. It’s a great side-effect!

The 10 year challenge for me, and for most of the people on my social media feed, piggy backs a few short months after 10 year reunions for the class of 2008.

I didn’t go to my high school reunion. For various reasons, top of which was a scheduling conflict. And besides, it’s 2018! Everyone was on Facebook by the time we graduated, so needless to say, I’ve pretty much “kept up” with everyone from the day we graduated.

Funniest thing about not even going to my high school reunion was that I ran into more people from Cy-Falls Class of 2008 during 2018 than I have in YEARS! I remember one time in particular when I went couch shopping. I went in the morning to browse one place, fell in love with one that was comfy and well within my budget. I checked out a few more places, didn’t see anything I liked, so I went home to change & glam up for Father’s Day Dinner, and then to swing back by the store to order my living room furniture.

I remember events based on my makeup & what I wear

While waiting, I hear someone call my name. It was a friend of mine from high school, who I probably hadn’t seen since the summer after we graduated. We chatted for a bit, catching up on life. That evening after dinner, I went out with some friends and ran into a couple of other people while out at some bars that I literally hadn’t seen since probably AP English.. From that point, I had a NUMBER of blasts from the past.

The funniest part of it all, I was told numerous times from those interactions that I haven’t changed a bit.

HAHA!

I think back on 18/19 year old me and where I was at in my life – just finishing high school, dating a horrible boy who guised himself as someone worth of my love, so much to learn, my whole life ahead of me, adventures waiting…

She was such a precious young lady. Thinking about her makes me want to tell her a few things :

  • All your “friends” went out of town for college. So what? Make new friends. If they were really your friends, they would’ve done everything they could to stay in touch with you, encouraged you to go and visit them, or they would come back to Houston to visit you more often.
  • Do NOT feel bad about not getting into your “dream school”. Everything is in God’s will, if you didn’t get in, He probably has a different route for you. So enjoy the school you did get into & enjoy really getting to live in and explore your home town
  • Do NOT feel bad about not getting into your “dream school”. Everything is in God’s will, if you didn’t get in, He probably has a different route for you. So enjoy the school you did get into & enjoy really getting to live in and explore your home town
  • So what your school doesn’t have a “football” team or a strong organized sports team. Would you really care anyway? I know you might feel like you’re missing out on “real school spirit” or a more conventional way of making friends, but that means you can get creative or make friends from genuine common interests versus feigning interest in sports.
  • Commuting isn’t fun, but commuting from the ‘burbs to school each day will give you a head start on “Real Life” more than living on campus will
  • Don’t worry about not having partied “enough” in high school. There will be plenty of time for that. The cool kids who did all that in high school really will look worn down & out before their time. It gets old fast (and it makes you look old fast too! It kind of is like the movies – the cute guy from the “cool crowd” that you had a crush on all throughout high school will have a beer guy by Sophomore year from all the years of beers, trust me!) College parties are more fun anyway 
  • Dump Him! Don’t be afraid of hurting him, sure he’s a nice guy, but y’all are young. Both parties will move on. And sure as h*ll don’t be afraid, whatever happens, happens and you will get through it. You’ve got a lot of time and there are plenty of fish. Never forget this.
  • Study harder, get to know your professors better, join different “societies” & groups & stop thinking about that MRS degree or what’s going to happen after college. Boys & jobs WILL come…
  • NETWORKING IS EVERYTHING. Luckily, the first job you have out of college is rarely the one you’ll be at for the long haul, and having strong networking groups available for when you need to change careers will be critical
  • Save more!!! 
  • Dare I say it, Mom & Dad are right. About almost everything, and mostly Mom.
  • Keep working those makeup skills, baby doll. It’s a great hobby and you’ll get better at it. But with anything, keep at it!
  • Know what you deserve, and never settle for less than that. It will take some time to learn what that is, but you will figure it out. I promise.
  • ENJOY EVERY MINUTE! Right now it feels like you have a lifetime ahead of you, and you do! But then 10 years go by and you realize as life has gotten a little shorter, you will lose a few people between now and now… little, frivolous things that used to grind your gears no longer will, you’ll start to realize the fake friends, and your need and want to constantly try and impress people will diminish. You’ll grow more into who you truly are. The hard times will come, but you’ll make it through and it will reveal a part of your character you didn’t know you had. Or maybe you did, but you needed that experience to jolt it out of you. Never forget to keep on loving NUMBER ONE – YOU! – show the world how you should be loved and treated by demonstrating that same love and comfort to yourself and those around you. You will go so far.

Wow! I didn’t realize I had so much to say to 2008/2009 Maria. Writing to an 18/19 year old me feels a little like writing to a naïve little best friend J I’m not gonna lie, I got a little emotional on that last part. But it’s the best advice I could give myself – love yourself and you’ll find yourself. 

I’m so glad I didn’t know the things that I know now, I don’t know if I would’ve come out the way I did had I known it all. It’s been such a great journey. Cheers to the next 10 years. And Thank God for anti-aging skin care products!

xoxo

the Glam Greek

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m high maintenance : I put effort into what I wear, my makeup, and my nails – but when it comes to my hair, I’m rather low key about it. I don’t color it because I don’t want to have ANOTHER thing to keep up with. I neglect getting a hair cut for as long as possible, and I’ve only had a blow out once, which is needless to say that my choice in hair products is usually determined by whichever shampoo I find on my Target run that I’d like to try this time around. And don’t get me started about hair care products – I typically just use whatever samples I get from Sephora or off brand Moroccan Oil… until the day I got a sample of Alterna’s Caviar CC cream from Sephora, it’s a leave in hair protector like It’s a 10, but even in just a sample size, I fell in love with it more so than the love I felt for It’s a 10. Luckily, this past summer I had raked up enough Sephora VIB Rouge points to snag me a travel size set of Alterna’s Caviar Anti-Aging Powerful Hydration line

Even luckier is that I got it a week before going to Greece. I love my time in Ellada, but the salt water and sun ravage my hair. I try not to use too much heat, but something about that mermaid life exacerbates any dry and brittle ends. So if there was a perfect time to try out these products to see if they stand up to the biggest hair challenge, it was then!

I had little faith in a shampoo and a conditioner doing much for my hair. I had never used a shampoo and conditioner that made my hair feel super clean AND moisturized in the first use. I was used to choosing between squeaky clean hair but dry strands, just crying for some hydration or super hydrated hair that always felt could feel just a touch greasy 😕 ? After washing my hair with these two, my hair felt light and airy and replenished.<<<<<<<<<<<
ew that I LOVED the CC 10 in 1 Cream, but paired with the shampoo and conditioner the results were so much better! This cream leaves my hair feeling soft and whether I’m air drying or using a diffuser, it helps keep my curls in tact. If I’m straightening my hair or using a curling iron, it keeps the frizz at bay. I used the Smoothing Hydra-Gelée only a few times but feel that had I used heat tools plus sun & salt water, this would’ve been reviving AF.

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le only lasted me about 2 weeks of luscious locks… and like with anything, after I stopped nourishing my hair with these products, my hair went back to its state from before.. and I just wasn’t ready to splurge that much for hair care. I thought, well if my makeup is on point, maybe no one will pay attention to my hair?

BUT TODAY ULTA HAD A SALE FOR 50% OFF ALTERNA CAVIAR 😍😍

You have until 11:59 pm CST to hop on the first step to a glamorous mane by clicking our favorite Add to Cart @ Ulta.com!

BBL, washing my hair.

xoxo

The Glam Greek